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Sunday Salon: March 11, 2018

My life in books: 
  • The New Art and Science of Teaching by Robert Marzano--this is a book for work so I won't post a review
  • The Longest Silence by Debra Webb (posted March 19 as part of a tour)
Challenges progress:
  • Non-fiction--My goal is 20 books and I've read 17 already!
  • Literary Voyage around the world--Read books set in as many countries as possible. I have read in 11 countries so far.
  • Literary Escapes--Track the US states. I have read books set in 12 states so far and in the past weeks added MI.
  • Read all of the ALA YA Award Winners--I have already read 3 of these winners.
  • Motif Reading Challenge--I just added this one yesterday, but as luck would have it, I had unwittingly done both January (read a book different from my race/country) and February (one word title)!
My life outside books:
Work is going really well; I feel I've finally found a rhythm to working with teachers and balancing it with the quiet organizing work that I also have to do. I am really enjoying the one-on-one teacher work that I am doing since it involves writing curriculum, which I love to do.

We are almost half way through March and I am just now posting the Mindful March calendar from Action for Happiness. Of course, I have been doing these every day since January 1 and I really enjoy it!

There really isn't much to report these days. We've gotten some rain here in Santa Barbara, which we desperately need since we are in year seven of a drought, but with each possibility of wet weather come all the emergency emails and texts letting us know if we will need to evacuate or not and giving us the chances of another debris flow. I suppose this will go on for two to three years until the mountains have vegetation on them. It certainly keeps us all on our toes and our nerves a little jangled.

Watching the Oscars this year made me feel that I am getting older as I didn't recognize very many of the actors and actresses seated in the audience. I don't tend to go out to the movies much so that's probably why. When they come out on Netflix I'll probably recognize them! :-)

Oh, I am in the throws of planning my 35th (!) high school reunion. I knew there was something else taking up my time. I have been a one-woman committee for the past 35 years and finally got three other women to work with me this year. It's nice to have others doing it as well so I don't feel financially responsible for all of it again.

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